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Sri lanka rejects UN resolution

world Updated: Mar 24, 2012 00:32 IST

Sri Lanka on Friday rejected a UN resolution urging it to seek external help in probing alleged war crimes committed during an onslaught against the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels nearly three years ago.

Acting foreign minister Dew Gunasekera told parliament that Sri Lanka will resist outside help to investigate violations of humanitarian law, a key demand in the US-initiated Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva Thursday.

"We will not, under any circumstances, allow others to impose on us their advice or solution," Gunasekera said, referring to the resolution.

The minister said the Indian Ocean island did not need any foreign help to ensure accountability. Rights groups have said that up to 40,000 civilians were killed in the final stages of fighting which ended in May 2009.

"It is the government of Sri Lanka which is best placed in evolving a home-grown solution acceptable to all the citizens of the country," he said. "We will therefore not entertain alien quick fixes."

The resolution urged Sri Lanka to probe war crimes, implement the recommendations of a domestic inquiry and seek UN help for reconciliation efforts with minority Tamils.